Aircraft crash under review
Carrollton woman dies at hospital after accident outside Denton Airport
12:05 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 20, 2010
By Bj Lewis / Staff Writer
Federal Aviation Administration officials continue to investigate the cause of a plane crash Sunday night that killed a Carrollton woman and left her husband in critical condition.
The two left Denton Airport in an experimental single-engine aircraft that crashed less than a mile after takeoff. Authorities received a call about the crash from the control tower at 7:11 p.m.
Harold Culp, 43, and Kathy Culp, 57, were taken by helicopter Sunday to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Kathy Culp died later at the hospital. Parkland officials continued to list pilot Harold Culp in critical condition Monday.
The aircraft, a Davis John TR-4, was a plane built from a kit and, according to FAA documentation, built by someone other than the pilot and then purchased by him, said Lynn Lunsford, an FAA spokesman.
The plane was certified to fly by the FAA.
Each aircraft built must go through an initial test period that includes 40 hours of flight, and an inspection by an FAA inspector or a licensed designee who certifies it is safe to fly, Lunsford said.
The plane never got above 200 feet before going down in the field south of the airport, Lunsford said.
The FAA’s investigative process is a methodical one, Lunsford said. Investigators complete their on-site work and then the aircraft is transported to a salvage site for further testing on the engine.
“By the time you get through the process, it could be several weeks or several months, depending on the complexity of the problem,” he said.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875. His e-mail address is blewis.
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